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  • Meet Margaret, the nature photographer
    Remuera Gardens
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    31 August 2021

    Meet Margaret, the nature photographer

    With less traffic and human activity, the lockdown gives nature a chance to flourish. It’s a great opportunity for photographers like Margaret Cocker, one of Remuera Gardens talented residents. She loves taking pictures of the great outdoors, but also the tuis, fantails, song thrushes and blackbirds that come to feed at her garden.
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  • Daffodil Day, covid-style
    Pakuranga Park
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    27 August 2021

    Daffodil Day, covid-style

    Daffodil Day symbolises hope for all New Zealanders impacted by cancer. Real Living villages found their own way to keep the tradition alive and raise funds for the Cancer Society. The team at Pakuranga Park wore groovy hats and paper daffodils to celebrate this special day with a lot of enthusiasm and a great sense of humour. The village raised almost $2500.
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  • Banana Caramilk cake, with Margaret Maggs
    Pakuranga Park
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    26 August 2021

    Banana Caramilk cake, with Margaret Maggs

    This month we're sharing a delicious recipe of Banana Caramilk cake with Margaret from Pakuranga Park. Margaret’s talent for baking and decorating cakes has impressed many staff and residents at the village. She’s such a good cook that her nephew, well-known conservationist Daryl Eason, took her to Codfish Island to participate in the efforts to save the kākāpō.
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  • Crazy Cats happy Hour
    Epsom Village
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    19 August 2021

    Crazy Cats happy Hour

    Epsom Village celebrated International Cat Day with a special Happy Hour last week. Residents came dressed up as their favourite cat characters… including a special appearance by a real cat! Celebrated on August 8 every year, the day is used to raise public awareness about cats and to learn about ways to keep and protect them.
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  • Meet Laki, from in-house builder to aerobics instructor
    Epsom Village
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    16 August 2021

    Meet Laki, from in-house builder to aerobics instructor

    Laki Tualevao has worked as the renovator for Epsom Village for the last eight years. He loves his job so much that he has made countless friends in the village. Sometimes he joins the singing group with his favourite song and during last year’s lockdown he went the extra mile to make sure all the residents felt safe and happy.
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  • A breathtaking display of contemporary New Zealand art
    Pakuranga Park
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    11 August 2021

    A breathtaking display of contemporary New Zealand art

    Pakuranga Park Village turned into a stunning Art Gallery yesterday afternoon. The community really enjoyed the opportunity to see the works of contemporary New Zealand artists such as Flox, one of the leading stencil-based artists in our country. According to Real Living Groups' director Chris Murphy, the exhibition is part of the Village's efforts to give back to the community.
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  • International Cat Day
    Epsom Village
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    09 August 2021

    International Cat Day

    Would you like to meet the two cheekiest residents at Epsom Village? If you wander around the gardens you may bump into Katsumi and Boscarelli, two lovely cats who have become quite popular among the residents. This weekend they celebrated International Cat Day with their favourite pastime: keeping warm in their owner’s cosy apartment.
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  • Roy Williams, Commonwealth gold medalist
    Pakuranga Park
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    06 August 2021

    Roy Williams, Commonwealth gold medalist

    Commonwealth gold medalist Roy Williams has just moved from Te Aroha to Pakuranga Park Village. He is the only kiwi to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the demanding decathlon. He’s settling into his new apartment in the village where he has been binge-watching the Tokyo Games, with a special interest in the new Olympic sports such as skateboarding.
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  • At the frontline of the Olympics
    Pakuranga Park
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    05 August 2021

    At the frontline of the Olympics

    Joan Gilchrist was a sports journalist who specialised in horse riding. She covered five Olympic Games including Los Angeles in 1984, when New Zealand was the top country in the world in the equestrian events. She’s been enjoying watching the Olympics from her villa at Pakuranga Park.
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